What unisex really means to the spotted hyena


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The spotted hyena has been described as sexually monomorphic because the female possesses a phallus and at puberty can look identical to the male. However, this is misleading because, in this species, phallic erection shows a lack of confidence, social dominance or libido. Because a normal meaning of phallic display has been inverted in the spotted hyena, the male has become behaviourally feminised even as the female has become morphologically masculinised.
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